Holt pages 330 -336 “Mysterious Mr. Lincoln”
State Standards • Identify the effects of metaphors on a non-fiction article. • Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, notes, summaries • Identify an author’s perspective/point of view on a subject • Make reasonable assertions of a text through accurate, supporting citations
How can we organize details as we read? • Identify several main topics for the selection • Go back and take notes on details later • An outline is one note-taking strategy, but specific rules are to be followed.
Main Ideas • Appearance • Personality • Legend versus Reality • Education • Humor and beliefs • Reputation during presidency • Position on slavery Read with purpose! What are 3 details you could include for each main topic?
Outline • Roman numerals followed by a period • Align the periods • Main heading first word always capitalized • Align main heading first letters • Try to write in a parallel form (same types of wording, phrases, etc) • Include main ideas!
Non-Fiction Articles What are the reasons that authors choose to write about their non-fiction topics? How can readers figure out what the author’s feelings or perspectives are?
Author’s Perspective on Subject • Why did the author choose the subject? • What is the author’s point of view on it? • What is the author’s purpose for writing about the subject? • What is the author’s perspective or feelings on the subject?
How to identify author’s perspective? • Look at title. • Look at “Meet the Writer” to find out about the author’s background. • Look at key “emotion” words in intro and conclusion. • Look at key quotes that show underlying meaning!
Title • Does “Mysterious Mr. Lincoln” give the reader any clues? • Why is Lincoln mysterious? What is mystery?
Author: Russell Freedman • “The Lincoln that I grew up with was a cardboard figure, too good to believe. As an adult, I read a couple of books that indicated that he like everyone else—someone subject to depression, someone who had trouble making up his mind—and that intrigued me. When I decided he was a complicated person in his own right, I decided I wanted to know more about him” (335).
Key Quotes “Abraham Lincoln wasn’t the sort of man who could lose himself in a crowd” (331). “According to those who knew him, Lincoln was a man of many faces” (331).
Key Quotes “Today, it’s hard to imagine Lincoln as he really was” (332). “In his own time, Lincoln was never fully understood by even his closest friends” (333).
Key Quote • “We admire Lincoln today as an American folk hero. During the Civil War, however, he was one of the most unpopular president the nation has ever known. His critics called him a tyrant, a hick, a stupid baboon unfit for his office” (334).
End Quote! “His greatest mission was to accomplish two things: first to save his country from dismemberment and ruin; and second, to free his country from the great crime of slavery…infinite wisdom has seldom sent any man into the world better fitted for his mission than Abraham Lincoln” (334).
Outline • Appearance A. Tall B. Silk hat C. Long, bony legs D. Homely E. “Poor, lean, lank face” F. Knew he wasn’t attractive
Outline II. Personality A. “Man of many faces” B. Sad and gloomy C. Charismatic speaker D. “Changeable features, tones, gestures and expressions seemed to defy description” E. Didn’t reveal much about his feelings
Outline III. Legend versus reality A. “a humble man of the people who rose from a log cabin to the White House” B. “folksy manners” C. “bawdy jokes” D. Ambitious E. Earned wealth through law practice F. Hated nickname “Abe” G. Well-dressed
Outline IV. Education A. Little schooling B. Great public speaker C. Self-taught
Outline V. Humor and beliefs A. Famous for funny stories B. Moody and depressed at times C. Logical and practical D. Superstitious
Outline VI. Reputation during presidency A. Unpopular president during Civil War B. Opposing viewpoints of him C. “Great Emancipator”
Outline VII. Position of Slavery A. First wanted to save the Union B. Realized that it was a moral crusade C. Frederick Douglass didn’t respect Lincoln at first D. Frederick Douglass changed his mind